Mental Health Need of Adolescents in Substitute Care: Tips for Advocacy


1.5 CLE’s $25
1.5 SW CEU – suggested donation
General Admission – free or donation amount of your choice

October 18, 2022 12:00 – 1:30PM – LIVE WEBINAR 


ANISH RAJ, MD is an affiliate trainee at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a fellow physician in child abuse pediatrics at CHOP, and the co-founding director of the Adolescent Protection Collaborative (APC Clinic) at CHOP. His academic interests primarily revolve around improving after care for sex-trafficked youth, and his work in the field has allowed him opportunities to present on the subject at CHOP’s Grand Rounds, as well as nationally and internationally at both pediatric and psychiatry conferences. Dr. Raj co-hosted CHOP’s first educational symposium on domestic minor sex trafficking in 2021 and has also published on the health outcomes of adolescent survivors of multiple perpetrator sexual assault.

POLINA KRASS, MD is a Pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and a Center for Violence Prevention Research Scholar. Dr. Krass is also a Fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program, through which she is currently obtaining a Masters in Health Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she serves as an Associate Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Krass is interested in the impact of federal and state policy on adolescent health outcomes. Her recent research has focused on access to Long Acting Reversible Contraception for adolescents, impact of firearm policy on injury and death in children, and partnerships between medical and mental health providers.

MARTI LITTLE, ESQ. Staff Attorney at the Support Center for Child Advocates, focuses her practice representing older youth in dependency matters where she assists clients in framing their own educational and permanency outcomes. She provides regular consultation for social workers and volunteer attorneys who also represent dependent youth. Before joining Child Advocates, Ms. Little worked for fifteen years as in-house counsel for three different Philadelphia area corporations including serving as General Counsel for a former insurance company going through a liquidation process. During those years she volunteered in multiple venues primarily involving one on one interaction with urban youth. Marti holds a B.A. in elementary education from Wheaton College. After a six-year teaching career, she entered Villanova University School of Law where she earned her J.D

Continuing Education Credits Available:

1.5 Continuing Education Units* (CEUs) for PA licensed Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists and 1.5 Continuing Legal Education (CLEs) for PA licensed Attorneys (0.5 Ethics / 1.0 Substantive) provided by the Support Center for Child Advocates.

Support Center for Child Advocates, Center for Excellence in Advocacy is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors to offer continuing education for social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional counselors. Support Center for Child Advocates, Center for Excellence in Advocacy maintains responsibility for the program(s).


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